Tag Archives: Legal Ethics

Lawyers On Trial: Juror Hostility To Defendants In Legal Malpractice Trials

An enduring question in the study of civil justice is whether certain types of parties are advantaged or disadvantaged as litigants. Professor Marc Galanter’s classic essay, Why the “Haves” Come Out Ahead: Speculations on the Limits of Legal Change, raises … Continue reading

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Reflections Of An Ethics Expert And A Lawyer Who Retains Him

In the past two decades the legal profession has seen the rise of a new area of focus both for practitioners and academics: the “ethics expert.” Increasingly, experienced lawyers, retired judges, and academic lawyers are devoting a large portion of … Continue reading

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Legal Malpractice In International Business Transactions

Lawyers are at an increased risk of committing legal malpractice when they begin representing clients in areas of the law unfamiliar to them. This is particularly true if the relevant legal principles are complex. Consequently, lawyers who normally specialize in … Continue reading

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Aggregate Settlements And Attorney Liability: The Evolving Landscape

Over the past several decades, attorneys involved in mass tort settlements, especially those representing the plaintiffs, have faced an increasing number of large-dollar liability claims centered on the aggregate settlement rule; that is, the state equivalents to Rule 1.8(g) of … Continue reading

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Foreword: Legal Malpractice Is No Longer The Profession’s Dirty Little Secret

In 1994, Professor Manuel R. Ramos published a law review article called, Legal Malpractice: The Profession’s Dirty Little Secret.1 As suggested by the title, Professor Ramos argued that legal malpractice was a “taboo subject” that has been “ignored by the … Continue reading

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Monroe Freedman: Friend, Role Model, And Colleague

I had the privilege of being Monroe Freedman’s colleague at Hofstra for nearly twenty years and remained his friend after I left. He was an extraordinary colleague, a loyal friend, and a professional role model. Indeed, Monroe’s presence at Hofstra … Continue reading

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Remarks At Monroe Freedman’s Memorial

I am Eric Lane, the Dean of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. I want, first, to welcome all of you to our Remembrance of Professor Monroe Freedman who passed away last February. We are so … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Monroe Freedman

Good evening. It is an honor to be with you tonight to celebrate the life and career of Monroe Freedman. As we all know, Monroe Freedman was truly a legal giant; a prolific, thoughtful, and provocative scholar; an advocate for … Continue reading

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LAWYER-CLIENT CONFIDENTIALITY: RETHINKING THE TRILEMMA

The trilemma refers to three ethical obligations bearing on lawyerclient confidentiality, all of which a lawyer cannot simultaneously obey when faced with client perjury. A lawyer is required (1) to learn as much as possible about a client’s case; (2) … Continue reading

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Client-Centered Lawyering— What It Isn’t

Several years ago, I happened to sit in on part of a colleague‟s class in family law. The professor showed clips from Kramer vs. Kramer, a movie involving a custody litigation between the divorced mother and father of a young … Continue reading

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